A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The search for the perpetrators continues all season, so there's a sense that justice will prevail -- eventually. But there's an equal sense that people can't be trusted and that the world is a dangerous place.
Positive Role Models
There are some well-defined "good guys," but most of the characters keep you guessing in terms of their motives and backstories, in more shades of gray than in black and white.
Violence & Scariness
Explosions, shootings, and physical combat, with some visible blood (including gorier sights such as severed fingers on occasion). Many characters carry and use weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo, such as references that someone wants to "get on" another person or "tap that." There's also an implied romantic relationship between a teacher and a student.
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Infrequent cursing includes "hell" and "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crisis centers on an abducted busload of teens with two adults on board, taking viewers on a season-long search for the missing students and the people who're holding them hostage. Violence drives the story in the form of shootings, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat, so you'll see a little blood and some gory visuals such as a severed finger. You'll also hear light cursing of the "hell"/"damn" variety along with some sexual innuendo from both teens and adults, including references to a romantic relationship between a teacher and a student.
Is It Any Good?
Crisis certainly isn't the first series to stretch a single plot across an entire season (see also The Killing and The Following), and it probably won't be the last. But it still feels like a fresh concept thanks to a twisty plot that's full of turns and compelling characters who spill their secrets when you're least expecting it. True, the dialogue sometimes borders on hokey, but it hardly matters, considering that the real draw here (aside from big names such as Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney) is the element of surprise.
The series is largely centered on adults, but teens who watch will definitely see characters they can relate to. An added plus for families, at least in the series' first season, is that Crisis offers some fodder for deeper discussion, from school safety and high school politics to parent-child communication and the repercussions of a student-teacher romance.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.